A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 27, 2015
“Swallow the whistle” (not call a penalty)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Google Books
Detroit Red Wings:
The Illustrated History

By Richard Bak
Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company
1997
Pg. 223:
The referees had, in time-honored fashion, swallowed their whistles by now, leaving it up to the players to trip, whack, and wrestle each other until a decision was reached.

Google Books
When Nothing Else Matters:
Michael Jordan’s Last Comeback

By Michael Leahy
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
2004
Pg. 280:
Afterward, he said the referees had swallowed their whistles in not calling a foul on the controversial ball strip.

Google Books
Why Soccer Matters
By Pelé with Brian Winter
New York, NY: Celebra
2014
Pg. ?:
And in 1966, it was as if the referees had swallowed their whistles.

In that first game, against Bulgaria, we might as well have been playing in a dark alley back in BaurĂș, with knives and clubs and not a referee (or even a concerned parent) in sight..

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, April 27, 2015 • Permalink


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